HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gabriel “Gabe” Witcher (born June 11, 1978) is an American virtuoso fiddle player and singer, Grammy nominated Record Producer, Arranger, Session Musician, and a founding member of the critically acclaimed American string ensemble Punch Brothers. Witcher, along with his fellow Punch Brothers, was also named Affiliate Scholar of Oberlin Conservatory in 2014.
Gabe Witcher began his performing career in 1984, at the age of six, at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite when he was invited on stage by Bill Monroe to perform a duet in front of a workshop crowd. Later that day Witcher, along with his father, were invited to perform three songs on the main stage in between acts. This launched the formation of “The Witcher Brothers” which performed throughout the southwest United States for 25 years.
Witcher has 7 Grammy nominations. 5 nominations with Punch Brothers and two Grammy nominations as a producer: 2013 Bluegrass Album of the Year for Noam Pikelny’s “Beat The Devil and Carry a Rail”, and 2015 Bluegrass Album of the Year for “Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe”, which also won “Album of the Year” at the IBMA Awards in 2014. He has also appeared on records by Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Beck, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Fiona Apple…
Witcher has written arrangements for Elton John, Kronos Quartet, Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, North Carolina Symphony, The Secret Sisters, Nashville and True Detective.
I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie